Educators have been wailing that students may not have the advanced computer skills necessary to show the extent of their learning when tests aligned to Common Core State Standards roll out. I have spent quite a bit of time poking around the standards in English Language Arts. I hadn’t seen any I thought required advanced skills, but what do I know?
Curious about what advanced computer skills might be required, I signed up for a webinar offered by Atomic Learning on the integration of Common Core and technology. The webinar began with quotes from teachers about the computer skills they feared their students would not have. Among the vague rumblings of fear were a few specifics.
One teacher feared students wouldn’t be able to open a PDF file.
Another was concerned that students would not know how to copy text from one file and paste it into another.
There’s no way to know whether the quotes are representative even of clients of the company, let alone whether they are representative of American teachers.
But it is rather scary to think even a couple American teachers consider opening a file and copying and pasting to be “advanced computer skills.”